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Posted on 07-10-2018

3 Summer Safety Tips for Your Dog

Summer is a great time to be outdoors with family and friends, and your dog is probably excited to be outside more too. During those hot summer days though, it can be dangerous for your dog.

The summer heat can be too much for your dog and could lead to things like dehydration, heat stroke, exhaustion, or, in extreme cases, even death. Read on for tips to keep your dog safe this summer season.

1. Keep Your Dog Indoors as Much as Possible

During extremely hot days it's best to keep your dog inside. Keep your dog safe by following these tips:

  • Limit time outside. Only allow your dog out for short periods of time throughout the day.
  • Skip the car ride. Don’t take your dog on car rides on hot days. Even with the air conditioner on it can still be too hot for your dog inside the car. Leave them at home instead.
  • Limit exercise. Exercising your dog on extremely hot days can lead to dehydration and heat exhaustion. Your dog may not realize how exhausted they are, so you need to watch them and make sure they’re okay.
  • Save walks for later in the day. During peak sun (between 10 - 4) the pavement may be too hot for your dog's paws and can cause injury to their paw pads. Use your feet to check the pavement. If the pavement is too hot for your feet, then it's too hot for your dog’s paws.

Your dog is going to want to be outside with you, but it's up to you to keep your pet safe. Keep your dog inside as much as possible when it's extremely hot out.

2. Watch for Outside Dangers

You and your dog aren't the only ones outside on warm days. Other animals are going to be outside as well. Keep a watchful eye for other animals that may come into your yard and keep a close eye on your dog when you’re out for a walk or jog.

Other dangers to keep an eye out for include:

  • Poisonous plants
  • Dead animals like roadkill
  • Garbage
  • Fertilizer and pesticides

Don't allow your dog to eat any of these or get near them if possible. These can all be toxic or dangerous for your dog. Using a leash when you and your dog are outside can help you keep your dog from these dangers. You should also have current information on your dog’s ID tag.

Pests such as ticks and fleas can also be dangerous for your dog. Give your dog a flea and tick preventative monthly to protect against Lyme disease and flea bites.

3. Keep Your Dog Hydrated

Dehydration is a big concern during the summer months. Your dog needs plenty of water, so fill their bowl with fresh, clean water throughout the day. Your dog may need to be let out a few extra times with all of this extra water but it’s worth it if your dog avoids dehydration.

Signs of dehydration include:

  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Panting
  • Collapse
  • Inability to drink

If you spot any of these signs, then get your dog to a cool space and try to give them small amounts of water to drink. If you can't get your dog to drink and he or she isn't getting any better, then you may need to get to the veterinarian right away for an exam and treatment.

Summer can be a great time to be outside, but the hot weather can be dangerous for your dog if you aren't careful. Keep your dog safe by following the tips above. If your dog is dehydrated or is not acting normal, get them to our veterinarian at Columbine Animal Hospital for help. 

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